10/11/08

Blogging 101

I have come to realize that most of my friends over 12 (that's everyone but Elizabeth and Madeline) are pretty clueless when it comes to blogs, blogging and bloggers, never mind widgets and gadgets. So, i figured it might be helpful to walk you through it. A Blog is a different kind of web site in that it is interactive. That means you can get involved! At the end of this post you will see who posted it, when it was posted and the number of comments that have been made. If you click on the word 'COMMENTS' you can read what others have posted- it's sort of like E-mail voyeurism- if you want, you can comment on the post as well and others will be able to read your post. To the right of that there is an icon of an envelope. You can E-mail the post to a friend by clicking on the envelope and indicating to whom you would like it sent.

When you are done reading/commenting, go back to the home page. On the top right of the page you will see "GLBT ISSUES IN THE NEWS" under that there are three of four words - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender - by clicking on any one of these words, current news articles for that specific topic will be shown. You can click on the blue title to read the full article or check out related articles by clicking on the green link.

Scroll down the right side even more and you will see 'LINKS'. I tried to include something for everyone - if you know of a good GLBT link you would like to see listed, let me know and I will add it. Under 'LINKS' is 'GAY AND LESBIAN DVDS' and 'GLBT BOOKS'. Scroll within these specific boxes to see the complete listing. Keep in mind, that these are always changing so you are getting current information.

Now scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page. I've added something new - a VIDEO BAR. Currently there are some clips from Ellen, including 'The Wedding Day' for Ellen and Portia. It's the third one from the left and worth a view.

Under the video bar are "OUR FOLLOWERS" - those individuals who are followers of the Upper Delaware GLBT Blog. Check out who is following our blog by clicking on their icon and then add yourself.

Then, just for fun is a YOU TUBE link so you can keep up on Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Finally, you will see 'ARCHIVES', where you will be able to find old posts.

So, there you have it - enjoy and come back soon, and remember.... let others know about our blog. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified when a new blog is posted, send your email address to udglbt@gmail.com and we will add you to the list.


Patty